Skoot folding bike at CTA

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Skoot folding bike at CTA
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Image by Steven Vance
The Skoot is a folding bike that folds into a suitcase. It’s from Germany and costs over 0. I’m not aware if it’s still for sale.

The Chicago Transit Authority in 2000 purchased eight models of folding bikes from a handful of manufacturers. The goal was to test them to see which works best and then the CTA would market a particular model of folding bike as an option for commuters who want to bike to transit. This was at the same time the CTA was investigating and testing bikes on trains and buses. Other manufacturers were Dahon and Bike Friday.

The CTA loaned out the folding bikes to their employees for a period of a few months to get their feedback. It seems the biggest caveat to folding bikes being a part of the CTA’s Bike & Ride program was their capital cost to consumers. Obviously, the CTA still has these bikes in its possession.

Now, the CTA’s Bike & Ride policies are that any customer older than 14 (or 12 with adult) can bring his or her bike on the train on weekends and outside 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM, and anytime on all bus bike racks.

More info:
www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/bike_and_ride.aspx

Photo featured on my blog:
www.stevevance.net/planning/

Distance is key to proper bike parking placement
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Image by Steven Vance
The bike racks in the foreground are original. Then, in 2009, CDOT installed several bike racks within 10 feet of the entrance (and under the shelter).

Guess what became obsolete? Yeah, those knitbomb bike racks on the curb.

Read more about distance in Bike Parking Phenomenon A and Successful bike parking.

I <3 My Bike
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Image by Marco Gomes
Da bike do Emilio

Gama, DF

12 thoughts on “Skoot folding bike at CTA

  1. Steven Vance

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/61010555@N06] Thanks for the tip. They’re also the only bicycle type allowed on the South Shore Line trains that go to Indiana. And must be folded and placed in luggage rack above seats.

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  2. ebuyer pete

    Yes these bikes were designed and made in the UK . Over engineered and expensive when first introduced so never took off. Company went bust . I have got 3 of them and loads of spares if anyone is interested. Pete

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  3. beardedgerman

    You made that picture while waiting for us to pick you up.
    Good to see you didn’t just stand there being bored.
    Nice! :D

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